Roch around the clock

The Kickoff

July 11, 2006

A wire story on AOL's home page over the weekend reported the discovery of a tomb that supposedly contained King Tut's mother. But that's not the strange part.

She had Julio Franco's rookie card in her front pocket.

My excitement over tonight's All-Star Game is heightened by the addition of Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Chris Capuano, who replaces Tom Glavine.

And just when I thought it couldn't get any better than watching Mark Loretta play second base. I'm already putting out bowls of snacks and setting up my TiVo.

Last year's first-round draft pick, catcher Brandon Snyder, hit his first home run Sunday for short-season Single-A Aberdeen. Chris Vinyard went 0-for-4 to end his 10-game hitting streak and lower his average to .411.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the Cardinals designated former Oriole Sidney Ponson for assignment because he wasn't giving them enough innings - he averaged 5 1/3 - and didn't want to pitch in relief.

Do they really think Jeff Weaver is an upgrade? And speaking of former Orioles, did you see where Tim Raines Jr. is batting leadoff for Double-A Harrisburg?

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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